Painting the baseboards with carpet is an easy task if you take the right precautions and have steady hands that will help keep the carpet dry.
However to make your carpet safe while cleaning it, make sure you lay down a packing tape then slide it beneath the baseboard using a knife to get rid of drips.
Before we look at the procedure, here’s what you’ll need to carry out the task.
- Paint guard
- Packing or masking tape
- Nylon angled brush
- Putty knife
- Painter’s tape
- Dust mask
- Drop cloth
- Mixing stick and a rag
- Cover The Wall Where You Want To Paint
Before you wash, tape, or paint the wall, place a drop cloth on the part of your wall where you are going to paint. Doing this prevents wood or dust particles from damaging the carpet. Be sure to spread the drop cloth well the pull the edges until it rests smoothly over a part of your room.
When working on an extended room, move the cloth with you around the room as you work.
You can use a plastic sheet if you lack a drop cloth.
- Mask The Lower Side Of Your Wall Using A Painter’s Tape.
A painter’s tape is used to protect the lower part of your wall close to the baseboard.
Place the end of the tape on one corner of your room immediately where the baseboard begins. After that, press 3 inches of tape on the end of the wall to make it flush with the baseboard.
Then pull the tape out 3 feet then pull it to make it sit flushed along the baseboard. Push the end side that you initially pulled on the baseboard then run your hand on the tape to make it lie flat on the wall.
Do this repeatedly to tap off every wall inside the room.
Note that a painter’s tape isn’t an ideal option, and paint can bleed on it occasionally. You can only use it as a guide. Also, avoid hitting it using the brush when painting.
- Clean Your Baseboards
Wipe your baseboards using a damp cloth. Make sure you rub off dirty parts until all dust and dirt are removed. After that, give it some time to dry then after that, sand the wood using 100-180 grit sandpaper to make a straightforward painting.
Pick a tiny sandpaper sheet then rub it gently on the baseboard section until you arrive at the previous paint layer smoothing on the wood. After sanding, wipe the boards using a dry cloth.
When the baseboards haven’t been painted severally, or they are brand new, you don’t have to sand them deep. You must be careful while sanding the lower and the upper sections of the baseboard close to the carpet and the wall to prevent scuffing of the walls as you work.
Give the baseboards time to air dry before you begin the painting. This will help keep you safe from capturing moisture on the wood. Always put on a mask while sanding the baseboards to protect you from inhaling wood dust.
Having done this, its time to protect your carpet.
- Place Masking Tape Along The Baseboard
Pick a masking tape roll with a 2-4 inches width then pull out some section then position it with the sticky part facing downwards on the carpet and the upper side hanging on the lower side of the baseboard. Make sure you do this process repeatedly as you cover the entire carpet along the baseboard.
Never press the tape on the carpet as you place it down and instead of using masking tape, you can use packing tape. Duct tape will rip up the carpet, so get rid of it.
- Tuck A Tape Beneath The Baseboard Using A Putty Knife
Stick the knife at an angle on the floor then place it between the carpet and the board. Press smoothly on the wall to pull the tape that was lying on the bottom of the baseboard.
Afterwards, run the putty knife between the wall and the carpet on every side of the room. Immediately you finish, press the tape down.
- Use A Paint Guard For More Protection
If you want additional protection, use a metal sheet or a paint guard. This guard keeps away all dripping paint from falling on the carpet through holding the paint before falling from the baseboard.
To use the paint guard, place the long edge on the upper side of the packing tape. Push it down to your carpet then move it gently beneath the baseboard to set it beneath the wood.
- Mix The Paints
While standing on the drop cloth, take the flathead screwdriver then carefully pry the can open. Mix the paint using a mixing stick to make the color even. After that, pour ½ gallon in a paint tray then use a brush to wipe any running drips on the can.
When using an oil-based paint, use a dust mask when painting. Let the windows remain opened to prevent pain fumes from harming you.
- Paint The Center Of The Dashboard First Before You Paint The Top
Begin with painting the central part of the baseboards in back-and-forth strokes to make sure each baseboard part is covered. Immediately the majority of the paint on the painting brush is applied, paint the part on top of it close to the tape.
Again hold the brush at an angle then brush only the upper side using the brush angle’s direction to monitor the cut accuracy. While painting the edges, work slowly in 30 cm increments.
After you’ve painted the middle and upper side of the board, dip the brush on the paint tray then tap it continuously to wipe away the excess paint. After that, tilt the brush at an angle then press the brush on the board as you move it carefully on the lower side of the baseboard.
- Carefully Remove The Tape
Immediately the paint on the baseboards dry for up to 3 hours, release painting materials, and the drop cloth. Hold the extended side of the masking tape then slide it out from the lower side of the baseboard. Gently pull it out in parts to avoid rubbing the dry paint on the carpet.